Arsenal-linked Roberto Firmino included in Brazil squad

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The Hoffenheim attacker is playing a key role for club and country and seems destined for the big time.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Roberto Firmino again this week - by the Metro, among others - with the Hoffenheim midfielder seemingly constantly mentioned as a possible new addition for the Gunners.

With Santi Cazorla reportedly wanted by Atletico Madrid, some British media sources are suggesting that Firmino could well be the Spaniard’s replacement in North London.

The Hoffenheim star continues to impress and his excellent club form has been rewarded this week as he was named in the senior Brazil squad by national selector Dunga.

With the South American nation having a fresh look at its playing personnel following the World Cup debacle last summer, the 23-year-old appears to be an important player for the Selecao’s evolution into a new era.

The former Figueirense attacking midfielder has been with the German club since 2011 and got his first call-up to the national side last year.

In two caps for Brazil, Firmino has scored once and looks set to add to his tally in upcoming games against France and Chile.

The playmaker has scored six goals and provided seven assists in the Bundesliga this season for Hoffenheim.

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